Catalyst has bridged the gap between the public and the VCSE sector by developing the Stockton Volunteers programme in partnership with Stockton Borough Council.
Stockton Volunteers was designed and planned in consultation with many of the volunteer involved organisations in the Borough, ensuring that Stockton Volunteers meets the needs of local organisations and local people. The Stockton Volunteers website was launched 2016 to help bring together volunteers and organisations seeking additional support.
People Power- A Volunteering Strategy for Stockton on Tees 2021-2026
We are delighted to launch the new Volunteering Strategy for Stockton on Tees. Produced in partnership with Stockton Borough Council, the Strategy sets out a vision for volunteering across the Borough and features case studies from the VCSE sector. The Catalyst Volunteer Co-ordinators’ Forum provides an opportunity for those working with volunteers to come together to share ideas and work towards making this strategy a reality.
The Community Hub was set up in response to COVID -19 and has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of services through the Community Hub. The Hub has been staffed (9am – 12noon Monday – Friday) by volunteers who take calls from those who were on the Critically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) list produced by the government. Members of the public who are unable to shop for themselves, collect prescriptions, struggled to walk their dog or in need of a food parcel. In the height of the Lockdowns we were able to help an incredible amount of people who would have otherwise been stuck and this is all thanks to our very dedicated team of Volunteers. It was wonderful to be able to join with others across Stockton to help those in our communities that needed during very testing times.
As we move forward and out of Lock-down we head into a similar service providing support for those in our communities who have COVID or have been in contact with some with COVID and need to self-isolate. We’re also starting to offer additional services and continue to welcome applications from those wishing to volunteer to help us provide these services. For more details please contact Community Hub Co-ordinator, Helen Burns at email@example.com or on 07946060430.
The Stockton Volunteers website brings together a host of volunteering opportunities that are available with organisations across the Borough. This gives potential volunteers a quick and easy way to access a range of exciting roles in one place, saving them time and keeping the process as simple as possible.
The website – www.stocktonvolunteers.co.uk – was created by Catalyst in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in 2005 as a way to bring together volunteering across Stockton and help promote volunteering to as many people as possible.
We’re constantly developing the site and new volunteering opportunities are posted on a regular basis. The site also features tips and advice for organisations on volunteer recruitment and management as well as help for those looking for opportunities.
Social Lights – Volunteering Project
We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, to develop a new volunteer scheme to support and empower adults with specific learning disabilities who are in contact with or receive Adult Social Care support. Volunteers will be matched with service users, and their role will be to encourage and enable those individuals to engage in social activities within their community and explore personal hobbies and interests, in order to increase confidence, combat isolation and improve mental wellbeing.
Throughout the project, we will spend time with the service user and find out what they want from the service, their likes and dislikes, what activities they want to take part in & where they want to go, and match them up with one of our friendly volunteers who are DBS and checked and fully trained.
Our Volunteer Coordinator who will provide support for both the volunteer and the service user during every part of the journey, to ensure both feel comfortable and happy.
This is a new and innovative partnership project between 3 schools across the Tees Valley (Egglescliffe School, Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough and St John the Baptist Primary School, Stockton), Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Catalyst Stockton.
We want to recruit Volunteers of all ages with varied life and career experiences. Previous experience/knowledge of working with children/young people is not essential. We are looking for people who want to inspire, motivate, support and encourage disadvantaged children and young people to broaden their career horizons, aspirations and self-belief.
The mentoring programme will include a series of activities to address any issues or barriers to learning and achieving positive outcomes in school and will make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future. As a Volunteer Mentor you will provide 1:1 support to a child or young person in one of the partnership schools, helping to identify future goals, raise aspirations, build confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
The programme will also add value by introducing students to activities led by community organisations, including sport, performing, hobbies, volunteering and the development of life and employability skills.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor or would like to know more about the programme please contact Sara Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07375388672
Catalyst Good Neighbour Volunteers
Would you like to join our team of Good Neighbours? Catalyst is delighted to welcome volunteers who are keen to get involved in helping out across a range of organisations to help the people of Stockton on Tees.
To become a Good Neighbour all you need to do is complete a Catalyst application form and induction, and once we have received two refences for you you’re good to go. Under this scheme you only need to apply once, even if you then volunteer for other organisations.
It’s all part of our commitment to make volunteering as simple and hassle free as possible for those kind enough to give up their time to help others. Good Neighbour volunteering opportunities are often short term or one off, providing a great way to try out volunteering and get involved in lots of different things.
If you would like to become a good neighbour volunteer you can complete the application form here and we’ll be in touch to do the rest.